THE STORY OF The Hope & Bear

Dating back to the 1800s, The Hope & Bear, previously known as the Abbot Cook, the Upin Arms and the Jack of Both Sides, has a vibrant history and has been a cornerstone of community life in Reading’s Cemetery Junction area for over 200 years. 

This well-established, welcoming pub is conveniently perched on the corner of King’s Road and London Road, close to Cemetery Junction’s historic gatehouse and to Reading Old Cemetery itself, with its acres of green space and abundant wildlife.  Just a short distance away from Reading town centre and the Thames Valley Business Park, The Hope & Bear is an ideal meeting point, whether for social or business purposes.


Our private room here at The Hope & Bear

At The Hope & Bear we provide the perfect backdrop for any social gathering, offering a great selection of buffet menus to suit all occasions, as well as our private function room for hire to make your event extra special…